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Being Alive or... Awakening to the Spirit Part Two: Awareness and Karma
This is part two of Stephen Kane's examination of what it means to awaken the subtle energies that enable us to lead a more powerful, more fulfilled life. He explains that the Way is expressed in even the most minute and apparently insignificant details, so mind these and your awareness will become awakened. This gift of the awakening spirit is found through discovering and following your wyrd.
Everyone likes to think they are free to choose whatever they do. But this is, at best, only half-true. Every single choice we make is controlled by two conflicting forces: our awareness and our karmas. "Karmas" is shorthand for all the foreign energies – those that aren't our own – that have made their home within us and influence our every decision.
It might be the energy of your mother – "You must finish your food before leaving the table" – or your father – "If you don't go to university, you'll end up in a cardboard box – or your dog – "Feed me. NOW." In fact, it will be all these – plus a thousand others. And every karma has a voice. And our karmic voices – which seem like us and our choices, but aren't – appear in our every thought, feeling and action.
And then, in the midst of all this internal clamour, there's your awareness, which tends to be rather quiet. Your awareness – if you are still enough to hear – may say, "Sit here, face this way, cross your ankles" – or whatever else you need to do to become more receptive to the spirit of the ascending moment in your here and now.
Every time you make a choice, it's the product of both your karmas and your awareness. And the only freedom you really have, in every moment, is that of deciding which one you'll obey the most. This, of course, isn't easy since our karmas give us so many good reasons to go with their influence: likes, dislikes, habits, beliefs, fears, knowledge, attachments and all the other stuff that prevents us from realising who we really are.
Follow your Wyrd
Fortunately, the Spirit – the force of awareness that exists independent of any particular body – constantly provides solutions to the overwhelming weight of karmas by which we are afflicted. Unfortunately, being the Spirit – which tends towards the "tough love" approach to increasing awareness – a solution doesn't always seem "kind"...
One gift of the Spirit – given to you at conception to encourage you to become more alive – is called your "wyrd". Imagine that, in every moment, you are faced by two doors called "Awareness" and "Karma". One leads to an upward flight of stairs and the other goes, well, the other way. Every time you make a choice – like how to sit – you open one or another door and take one or more steps up or down, towards more or less awareness.
Now, your wyrd is a faint line of silvery energy that constantly extends from your upper abdomen to the Awareness door. So, in spite of all the racket in your head that wants you to step through the "Karma" door, if you can keep your eye on your wyrd, it will help you step in the enlivening direction.
A simple, but enormously powerful way to help you follow your wyrd is to practise a technique called the "Attention Breath." This is the growing habit of feeling the breath at the tip of your nose while completely inhaling and exhaling. The more you do this, the more aware you become of what you need to do. This is because the attention breath connects your awareness field, which is in front of your face, to your wyrd. So your attention breath enables you to become increasingly aware of how to follow your wyrd to higher awareness.
The attention breath is simple in concept but difficult in practice. You still have to contend with the powerful influences of your karmic voices, but it gives you an edge that, otherwise, is hard to find when you are being pushed this way and that by forces that are, currently, beyond your control.
Receive your Empowerments
Now imagine that a certain karmic energy inside you is a big monster called, for example, "Illusory Needs," which is always saying, "I must have X in order to be happy / successful / fulfilled," or whatever.
Now, the Spirit, for reasons that belong in another article, may hand you a club, while saying, "Go kill the monster". However, a big monster requires a big club so the club is very heavy – almost too heavy to lift. So now you are experiencing another potential gift of the Spirit: "overload".
Overload is the condition of receiving energy you need – but can't manage very well. It's as if one of your chakras is a 1 liter "bottle" but 2 liters of water are being forced into it. The result is that the "bottle" starts developing cracks – and you don't feel so good. Overload is "too much" of a good thing. You need the energy, but you also need to become stronger to contain and manage it.
There is only one solution to overload and that is to receive the abishekas or "empowerments" that you need. An appropriate empowerment causes your energy body to become stronger in the ways you, personally, most need to become stronger. The more you are empowered in this way, the less you suffer overload and the more effectively you can wield your metaphorical clubs to rout out the karmas of, say, illusory needs.
An empowerment is a descent of a very specific form of energy from the "spirit point" chakra at the top of your energy field into your crown. Empowerments are received through your forming a connection to a preceptor – a certain person or place who/that holds energy that causes you to receive the empowerments you most need for your awareness to grow.
Rising to the Challenge
Everyone has a wyrd – but few are aware of it. Many people are overloaded – but often only suffer it. A third gift of the Spirit – which everyone "enjoys" and is noticed by all – is karma itself. This might be called the "Catch 22" of human life and consciousness:
Each time you make a weakening choice – such as the wrong way to sit – that causes you to step through the "Karma" door, you unwittingly receive debilitating foreign energies
Foreign energies damage your awareness and one or more of your life energies
Your experienced reality follows your energy, so you eventually experience problems that reflect the damage caused by the foreign energies you have received
However, the form of any problem you experience is such that it holds a clue – it always shows you things about yourself, or your life, you need to change
If you bow your head, accept reality and start making the changes you need to make, your awareness grows
If you change enough, your karmas are transformed into more and higher awareness than before you orginally stepped through the Karma door
In other words: the problems we attract to ourselves are some of our greatest opportunities to grow.
This doesn't mean, of course, "Keep making karmic choices" – you only have so much life energy you can afford to use in dealing with them. But it does mean that by regarding your problems as challenges of the Spirit, you can gradually enter into a way of life that empowers you to receive more and more of the mana or blessings of the spirit of the ascending moment – no matter what your life may hold.
Constantly choosing the Awareness door in the midst of your daily life is called, "living with intent." Intent is another name for the Spirit. So, making the choices you need to make – such as how to sit, what to eat, where to go, what to do and so on – is living with the Spirit.
Living with intent is a process of gradually unfolding revelation. This is because intent is, itself, an energy that steadily transforms each moment of your life into a moment in which your energy ascends towards higher awareness. And the more you accept the spirit of the ascending moment – just as a satellite antenna can receive the right channel – the more you will understand the essential nature of your life and what you need to do with it.
So, from the point of view of living with intent, the only choice we have is to either obey the commands of the Spirit – to live with intent – as they are offered to us through the experiences within our daily lives, or to refuse them. This may not sound like much of a choice, but it's the only one anyone really has: getting by as best you can for as long as you can or learning to be alive.
"Being alive" is the ultimate challenge. We all exist in a physical world but how much are you aware of who you and the world really are? The quality of your answer to this question depends on how much and how often you choose to live with intent from one day to the next. This is the only way – no matter what forms it may take – to higher awareness. The nature of being alive is a profound mystery that can only increasingly be realised through your diligently following your wyrd.
Entering the World of Energy
Science and knowledge reveal very little of the world of energy that engulfs the physical space we all inhabit. They show, in ever greater detail, the contents of this space but none of the far vaster realms that are only accessible to higher awareness.
This doesn't mean that higher awareness is only about extraordinary visions or conversations with the angels. It often simply means seeing the energy of whatever concerns you, in the living moment. So, what difference does that make? Well, from a clinical point of view, it can make the difference between a life of interminable suffering and one of feeling increasingly alive – simply as a result of eliminating ineffective medicines or supplements and replacing them with ones that fulfil your unique energetic needs for better health. What is more, the skills that can be developed through higher awareness are just as applicable to any other area of your life such as your work, relationships, happiness or success.
Accepting the Spirit into your life is a heroic struggle – in endless small ways. Even, for example, when you've experienced how sitting one way strengthens your energy and another harms it, you may still find yourself returning, time and time again – thanks to your karmas – to a position that weakens you. Now, multiply this single example to all the little choices you make throughout each day. For each and every one, your wyrd marks the entrance to the "door" of awareness – but how often do you choose to follow it well?
For those for whom communion with the Spirit is a profoundly felt need, there is no freedom of choice. There is only Intent. Everything else fades to dust. This is a perception that grows over time – through accepting the spirit of the many ascending moments of your life – into a brilliant clarity and drive.
In the midst of every apparent choice, there is no real choice. There is only awareness – or the karmas we still need to suffer. And, in that suffering, our energy tells the story of what we need to do to follow our wyrd with ever-increasing intent. Understanding your own story – the essential nature of your life – can start with your attention breath and your moment-to-moment choices. Where it leads from there waits, for you, to discover. But the details of a higher energy future really don't matter because, whatever they may be, it will be, for you, a growing illumination of the world of energy – an energy that awakens your heart through your growing acceptance of the Spirit within every ascending moment of your life.
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